Japandi Interior Design Style

Japandi Interiors : How to create the trending interior style

We are seeing popularity in muted color schemes with wooden textures and natural materials in Interior design. This is a minimalistic design but it is not the modern white minimalism. You see a lot of wooden texture and natural materials but it is not the free-spirited Bohemian style. There is elegant minimalism that has a connection to nature. This popular style which is making rounds now is called the ‘Japandi‘ style of interior design. And here, we look at the steps to learn how to create Japandi style of design. 

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What is Japandi interior design style?

Japandi style of design is a mix of Japanese and Scandinavian styles. The word ‘Japandi’ is derived from the combination of the words ‘Japanese’ and  ‘Scandinavian’.  The essence of this style is to have a clean, calm sanctuary that is minimalistic yet warm and welcoming. 

Japandi brings together the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi‘: which is finding beauty in the imperfect, impermanent & incomplete and the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge‘: which is bringing coziness to homes. Since both Japanese and Scandinavian styles have many features in common, Japandi makes a winning combo by blending both styles easily.

Japandi is a combination of Japanese simplicity and Scandinavian functionality. So, let’s see how to create this style by understanding the elements of this design. 

how to create japandi style

Attributes of Japandi style

The following conceptual elements in the design make the Japandi style. 
  • Calm and relaxing environment.
  • Muted color scheme.
  • Natural materials with sustainable sensibility.
  • Clean lines with decluttered space. 
  • Minimal furniture highlighting craftsmanship. 
  • Abundant natural light and organic accessories.
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How to create Japandi style:

Color Palette

  • For the Japandi style, we need to bring in natural light in the daytime and have warm lighting at night. Having warm, solid, muted/neutral tones like beige or cream helps in making the room light and bright.
  • Earthy tones like brown or khaki can be used as accent tones.
  • Using black as an accent color brings out a modern feel. 
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The materials in the Japandi style are mostly natural materials that speak eco-friendly and sustainability. 

  • Modern Japanese style materials like concrete, stone, glass and wood.
  • Furniture materials – Rattan, wicker, cane, bamboo.
  • Fabric materials – linen, brushed cotton, cotton, muslin. 
  • Decor materials – clay, terracotta, concrete, dried plants. 
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  • Using reclaimed or repurposed furniture pieces convey sustainability. 
  • Use low-profile minimalistic furniture in which clean lines and shapes communicate craftsmanship instead of ornate detailing. 
japandi interior design furniture


  • Japandi style is all about a clean and calm environment. To avoid the look of clutter, use minimal pieces of decor items instead of using a lot.
  • Decor pieces with organic shapes and solid colors are best suited for this design.
  • Wooden slats and paper lantern lighting bring in the eastern charm of the Japanese style.
  • To add comfort, use textured rugs, throw pillows, and blankets made of natural materials.
  • Add plant accents with dried plants or potted plants to evoke a sense of nature. 
japandi bedroom materials


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